Infonetics: Global femtocell market experiencing double digit growth with sales of 3G Femtocells up 50% in 3Q 2012

One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need for better network coverage, especially indoors and in areas with no 3G/4G service. The global femtocell equipment market has also benefited from the long promised emergence of fixed – mobile convergence services. However, interference with 3G/4G cellular macrocell networks could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

Market research firm Infonetics Research just released excerpts from its 3rd quarter (3Q12) Femtocell Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks femtocells by market segment, technology, and form factor.


.    The global femtocell market, including 2G, 3G, and 4G femtocells, grew 13.5% sequentially in 3Q12, to $132.7 million
.    Sales of 3G femtocells were up 50% in 3Q12
.    Samsung grew revenue 45% in 3Q12 from 2Q12, seizing the femtocell market share lead for the 1st time since 4Q11; Samsung also led in units shipped
.    Meanwhile, following a double-digit sequential decline in revenue, Airvana slid into the #2 spot in the 3rd quarter
.    Integrated femtocells made up just 2% of units shipped in 3Q12, but Infonetics expects they will account for around 1/3 of total units by 2016

“After a minor dip earlier in the year, healthy revenue growth has returned to the femtocell market, where we saw a second consecutive quarter of increases,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave, mobile offload, and mobile broadband devices at Infonetics Research. “All segments-consumer, enterprise, and public access-saw both units and revenue go up, and we remain optimistic that femtocells have sufficient market drivers and support among operators to sustain continuous annual growth through 2016.”

Webb adds: “Many new product types have launched recently, including the data-only femto from Ubiquisys, in-flight femtos from ip.access, the dual-mode 3G/LTE consumer femto from Fujitsu, and the 3G/4G/WiFi enterprise femto from SpiderCloud, and this innovation is driving new models and market opportunities.”

Femtocell Report Synopsys:

Infonetics’ quarterly femtocell equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts, analysis, and trends for 2G femtocells (CDMA and GSM/GPRS), 3G femtocells (W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, and TD SCDMA), and 4G femtocells (WiMAX and LTE). Femtocells are tracked by form factor (standalone and integrated) and market segment (consumer, enterprise, and public access). Companies tracked
include Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Argela, Cisco/ip.access (3G femtocells), Contela, Huawei, ip.access, NEC/ Ubiquisys, Ubee Interactive, and others.

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Another Opinion:

TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Global Femtocell Equipment market to grow at a CAGR of 74.76 % over the period 2011-2015. TechNavio’s report, the Global Femtocell Equipment Market 2011-2015, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Femtocell Equipment market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

The key vendors dominating this market space are Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Airvana Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, and Cisco Systems. Other vendors mentioned in the report are NEC Corp., Ubiquisys Ltd., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Argela Technologies, Contela Inc., ip.access Ltd., and UbeeAirWalk Inc.